Called to be God’s Own

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With many years of officership in the ministry of The Salvation Army adult rehabilitation center (ARC), Major Glen Doss has authored “Called To Be God’s Own” drawing from three bodies of knowledge—the 12 vital areas highlighted by The Salvation Army’s International Spiritual Life Commission, the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the 11 doctrines of The Salvation Army.

The book is the official text for the new ARC recovery program for those seeking membership in The Salvation Army, and thoughtful discussion questions following each chapter make it both useful for personal times of reflection and shareable in small groups.



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Cost, sacrifice and choice


By Kevin Jackson, Major – 

You’ll find a different sort of book review here. Two books: one a classic of the Christian faith and the other a new work yet to be released. As an avid reader, I scour the bookshelves of bookstores, browse through Amazon and receive recommendations from friends and colleagues on current works worth my time to read. My “to-read” list includes no less than 100 books.

Yet, some classics simply deserve placement on every person of faith’s reading list. The Cost of Discipleship (Touchstone, 1995) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of those reads.

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When Justice is the Measure

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The Salvation Army is historically linked to its efforts for social justice. Yet, written works on the topic from a Salvation Army perspective are somewhat of a rarity. This is but one reason why “When Justice is the Measure” (The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory, 2014) by M. Christine MacMillian, Don Posterski, James E. Read is a welcome and needed addition.


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Making Sense of the Bible

By Rob Reardon, Major – 301167

The Bible is a wonderful and mysterious collection of books that chronicle the movement of God from the creation of the world through to return of Christ. Written in various literary styles by an eclectic selection of individuals, the Bible has been the source of inspiration and direction for millions of people throughout history.

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When God Becomes Small

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Every once in a great while, a book comes along and causes me to pause and consider my life, the world, and the organization to which I belong that connects the two. Phil Needham’s When God Becomes Small (Abingdon Press, 2014) didn’t cause me to pause; rather it caused me to stop and consider the scope of our lives several times. The truth is I quit counting the incidences of application this small book illuminated about my own life.


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I Beg to Differ

By Kevin Jackson, Major 9780830844166

At a point in time when civility both within and outside of the community of faith appears at an arguably  all-time low, the need for resources to assist humanity in reestablishing a sense of unity within our divided world is a welcome addition. I Beg to Differ: Navigating Difficult Conversations With Truth And Love (InterVarsity Press, 2014) by Timothy Muehlhoof is not a book about conflict management. It provides solutions to improve communication between those who have severely differing world views.

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Living in community

By Kevin Jackson, Major 51uE5V5cQWL 9780834128873

As a historian, I appreciate reading books about the past. Yet as a person of faith, I seek out books that strengthen my faith in this present age. I am always amazed by the tales of The Salvation Army’s early days, and attempt to have a similar zeal, practicality and incarnational nature in my day-to-day life of faith. Those early Salvationists sought to transform the world and many did.

In Thin Places: 6 Postures for Creating & Practicing Missional Community by Jon Huckins and Rob Yackley (The House Studio, 2012) and in The Awakening of Hope: Why We Practice A Common Faith by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Zondervan, 2012), the authors share early Salvationist-like outlines to living a life of faith. Both texts seek to explain the why and how to live in community while transforming the world and yourself.  Both works provide insight and practical models, challenging the believer to intentionally participate in a missional and incarnational lifestyle.


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In the Balance

By Kevin Jackson, Major InTheBalance_FrontCover

Whenever I see a new book on Revelation, I usually set it aside for generally one of two reasons.  Either because it’s far too technical and I don’t have a doctorate in biblical studies or because it is just another “kooky” abuse of God’s Word to create an end of the world scenario, complete with times and dates of Armageddon.

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The Liberating Truth

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Brothels, burqas, bikinis, Botox, the Booths’ Army–nothing escapes the scorching biblical light The Liberating Truth: How Jesus Empowers Women, by Danielle Strickland, shines on the sins of oppression suffered by women. It is clear, however, that Strickland’s intent is to do more than just shine a singular light. She dares to dream that the Light/light of the world will expose and end the mistreatment, devaluation, underestimation and repression of women (John 9:5, Matt. 5:14). Or, as she writes, “The Church needs to rise up and be like Jesus again!”

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The World is Not Ours to Save

By Jonathan Hibbert-Hingstontwinots_front1

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson has tackled a complex subject in a timely manner. As a leading activist against nuclear weapons he is well placed to speak into a world where we can feel that our influence as individual Christians seems so small, but yet our understanding of faith and calling compels us to try to make a difference.




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